Correspondence and literary manuscripts of James Sheridan Knowles

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 19c Knowles
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  • Language of Material
      English German French
  • Physical Description
      10 bound vols held on 1 shelf, manuscript, typescript, and printed Each volume is embossed on the spine in gold lettering with its contents and dates

Scope and Content

Comprises: Vol.1: A collection of autograph letters from James Sheridan Knowles to James Muspratt, with a letter from Lady Max Muspratt presenting the collection to Lord Brotherton, 18th April, 1831-12th June, 1862, and 25th July, 1925; includes typescript transcripts; Vol.2: Plays, William Tell, 1825; The beggar's daughter of Bethnal Green, 1828; Alfred the Great, 1831; Vol.3: Plays, The wife, 1833; Vol.4: Plays, The beggar of Bethnal Green, 1834; Vol.5: Plays, The love-chase, 1837; Vol.6: Plays, Woman's wit, The maid of Mariendorpt, 1838; Vol.7: Plays, John of Procida, 1840; Vol.8: Plays, Love, 1840; Vol.9: Plays, The rose of Arragon, 1842; The secretary, 1843; Vol.10: Criticisms from The Times, Blackwood's magazine, Edinburgh review, and other periodicals on the plays of James Sheridan Knowles; collected for James McHenry Esq. by Francis Harvey, 4 St. James's Street, London, 1875. Includes some translations and critical reviews in German and French.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862), the dramatist, was the son of James Knowles the lexicographer. For fuller details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton


Mainly in English, but with some German and French